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Article: Family e-chat group use was associated with family wellbeing and personal happiness in Hong Kong adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

TitleFamily e-chat group use was associated with family wellbeing and personal happiness in Hong Kong adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors
Keywordsinformation and communication technology
instant messaging
family e-chat group
family communication
family wellbeing
Issue Date2021
PublisherMolecular Diversity Preservation International. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.mdpi.org/ijerph
Citation
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, v. 18 n. 17, p. article no. 9139 How to Cite?
AbstractInstant messaging (IM) is increasingly used for family communication amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, evidence remains scarce on how family e-chat groups were used and their associations with family and individual wellbeing amidst the pandemic. The numbers of family e-chat groups, functions used, and messages sent and received daily in groups were reported by 4890 adults in May 2020, and their associations with family wellbeing and personal happiness and the mediation effect of family communication quality were examined. Results showed that sending/receiving text messages was most commonly used, followed by receiving/sending photos/pictures, making voice calls, receiving/sending short videos and voice messages, and making video calls. Women and older people used more non-text functions. Higher levels of family wellbeing and personal happiness were associated with having more groups, receiving/sending photos/pictures, video calls, more IM functions used, and more IM messages received/sent daily. Forty-six point two to seventy-five point five percent of their associations with more groups and more functions used were mediated by family communication quality. People having more family e-chat groups and using more IM functions may be more resilient amidst the pandemic, while those without or with low use of family e-chat groups amidst the pandemic would need more attention and assistance in the presence of social distancing.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/304481
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2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.747
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dc.contributor.authorGong, WJ-
dc.contributor.authorWong, BYM-
dc.contributor.authorHo, SY-
dc.contributor.authorLai, AYK-
dc.contributor.authorZhao, SZ-
dc.contributor.authorWang, MP-
dc.contributor.authorLam, TH-
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-23T09:00:38Z-
dc.date.available2021-09-23T09:00:38Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, v. 18 n. 17, p. article no. 9139-
dc.identifier.issn1661-7827-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/304481-
dc.description.abstractInstant messaging (IM) is increasingly used for family communication amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, evidence remains scarce on how family e-chat groups were used and their associations with family and individual wellbeing amidst the pandemic. The numbers of family e-chat groups, functions used, and messages sent and received daily in groups were reported by 4890 adults in May 2020, and their associations with family wellbeing and personal happiness and the mediation effect of family communication quality were examined. Results showed that sending/receiving text messages was most commonly used, followed by receiving/sending photos/pictures, making voice calls, receiving/sending short videos and voice messages, and making video calls. Women and older people used more non-text functions. Higher levels of family wellbeing and personal happiness were associated with having more groups, receiving/sending photos/pictures, video calls, more IM functions used, and more IM messages received/sent daily. Forty-six point two to seventy-five point five percent of their associations with more groups and more functions used were mediated by family communication quality. People having more family e-chat groups and using more IM functions may be more resilient amidst the pandemic, while those without or with low use of family e-chat groups amidst the pandemic would need more attention and assistance in the presence of social distancing.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherMolecular Diversity Preservation International. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.mdpi.org/ijerph-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectinformation and communication technology-
dc.subjectinstant messaging-
dc.subjectfamily e-chat group-
dc.subjectfamily communication-
dc.subjectfamily wellbeing-
dc.titleFamily e-chat group use was associated with family wellbeing and personal happiness in Hong Kong adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailGong, WJ: wjgong@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailHo, SY: syho@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLai, AYK: agneslai@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWang, MP: mpwang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH: hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hk-
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dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/ijerph18179139-
dc.identifier.pmid34501729-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC8431295-
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dc.identifier.hkuros325715-
dc.identifier.volume18-
dc.identifier.issue17-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 9139-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 9139-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000694056900001-
dc.publisher.placeSwitzerland-

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